Forza Horizon 5 “biggest launch” of any Microsoft game •

Simultaneous players tripled the top of Horizon 4.

Forza Horizon 5 has got off to a good start, according to new statistics released by Microsoft.

Playground Studios’ excellent racer already has 4.5 million players across PC, console and cloud devices, Xbox boss Phil Spencer revealed via Twitter Today.

This means that Forza Horizon 5 has had the biggest launch to date of any Xbox Games Studios title – and that its concurrent player top is three times as large as Forza Horizon 4.

Of course, many of these players will play the game via Xbox Game Pass, where it launched day and date along with retail copies.

But a significant portion of the players – over a million people – actually started playing yesterday. Early access was granted to those who had purchased a $ 99 Premium Edition or had downloaded the $ 50 Premium Add-Ons Bundle for Game Pass subscribers.

“Playground Games delivers yet another beautiful and immersive pocket vacation, smartly restructured but reassuringly unchanged,” Oli wrote in Eurogamer’s Forza Horizon 5 review. “It’s a reliable joy.”

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